As Penn State gets some rest, enjoy this super-sized version of Games to Watch!
(#10)Utah at USC (Friday)
9 p.m., FS1
Utah has looked pretty darn good so far, and may be able to navigate its way to a playoff berth. However, there may be no margin for error for the Utes and the rest of the PAC 12, so each week looks like a must-win. USC is looking to bounce back after last week’s heartbreaking, albeit wildly-entertaining overtime loss to BYU. Speaking of BYU, they are a common opponent of both teams, with Utah taking down the Cougars 30-12 to kick off the season. I like USC to keep things interesting, but a big play or two will help the Utes pull ahead late.
Prediction: Utah-31, USC-21
(#11)Michigan at (#13) Wisconsin
Michigan entered the season as a popular playoff pick, while the Badgers found themselves near the bottom of the Top 25 after a lackluster season in 2018. After three weeks, the Badgers look like the team much more likely to go the distance after defeating USF and Central Michigan by a combined 110-0. Michigan, on the other hand, struggled to get things going against Middle Tennessee State, and would have lost to Army if not for Lavert Hill’s interception that prevented the Black Knights from taking a 21-7 lead late in the third quarter. The Wolverines have also done a terrible job protecting the football, something that could really haunt them in Madison if they don’t fix the issue this week.
Prediction: Wisconsin-27, Michigan-17
(#22)Washington at BYU
3:30 p.m., ABC /ESPN2
I’ve had much more fun watching BYU than I would expect the last two weeks, as they have found ways to win overtime games against Tennessee and USC. Sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson has some Matt McGloin in him to help keep things interesting. They’ll be an excellent test for the Huskies, who have two cupcake wins and a loss to Cal under their belts. The Provo crowd will be pumped as the Cougars look to bring down yet another team with high hopes heading into the season.
Prediction: BYU-26, Washington-24
(#8)Auburn at (#17)Texas A&M
3:30 p.m., CBS
I’ll shoot it straight with you guys — this feels like one of those games that seem like a big deal now because of the rankings, that will not be remembered for having much of an impact down the road. The Aggies were already spanked by Clemson, and Auburn has four upcoming games against teams currently ranked in the top 10. That’s quite a tall order for a team led by a true freshmen quarterback. Either way, it’s two ranked teams playing on a Saturday afternoon in one of the best atmospheres in college football during Penn State’s bye week. Just watch it. What else are you going to do, something productive? I think not.
Prediction: Auburn-30, Texas A&M-27
Oklahoma State at (#12)Texas
7:30 p.m., ABC
Hey guys, did you know that TEXAS IS BACK? We kept hearing that TEXAS IS BACK because they beat an uninspired Georgia team that was coming off an all-time heartbreaking loss to ‘Bama that crushed their national title hopes for the second year in a row. However, now that the Longhorns dropped a game to LSU, we’re not sure if TEXAS IS BACK. I guess it’s better than starting the season off with a loss to Maryland, right? Regardless if TEXAS IS BACK or not, Oklahoma State always shows up for big games and will be a stiff challenge for the Longhorns.
Prediction: Oklahoma State-42, Texas-37
(#7)Notre Dame at (#3)Georgia
8 p.m., CBS
It’s safe to say this is the first blockbuster, can’t-miss game of the college football season. Both teams have looked fantastic thus far, but also haven’t really been battle-tested yet. That will change Saturday, with the winner making it’s way into every playoff prediction until further notice. Philadelphia-native D’Andre Swift could make a strong Heisman case with a big game against the Irish defense. Regardless of the outcome, there’s a always a reason to check out Georgia home games — that lovely wrinkled gentleman who goes by the name of UGA.
Prediction: Georgia-31, Notre Dame-20